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  • Chapter 18 – A feeling for the organism

    Recently, I came across a book called A Feeling for the Organism, by Evelyn Fox Keller. The book is about the life and work of Barbara McClintock, an American scientist, and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. What I found of utter interest is not her discoveries (I am…

  • Chapter 17 – Body-Mind

    Chapter 17 – Body-Mind

    Reading a text without being aware of our philosophical background can lead to misunderstanding what the author is talking about. In order to explain this, and maybe get people to look at the way they think, I will give a few ideas about what might happen when we read Still with our modern mind. Chapter…

  • Chapter 16 – The world as an inert matter

    Reading a text without being aware of our philosophical background can lead to misunderstanding what the author is talking about. In order to explain this, and maybe get people to think about the way they think, I will give a few ideas about what might happen when we misread Still. The world as an inert…

  • Chapter 15 – The difference between osteopathy and craniosacral therapy – Part 2

    Chapter 15 – The difference between osteopathy and craniosacral therapy – Part 2

    Here we go, time to make some friends again.Previously on Jules Rampal’s blog, we talked about Still’s work to build the foundations that could allow us to understand a bit better how different osteopathy is from craniosacral therapy. And I kind of mentioned how Sutherland’s work is not osteopathy anymore. Before I go any further,…

  • Chapter 14 – The difference between osteopathy and craniosacral therapy – Part 1

    Chapter 14 – The difference between osteopathy and craniosacral therapy – Part 1

    This is an article that will probably annoy 90% of people who will read it. Or at least that’s my hope! So I have to warn you, my dear unknown reader, that this is my current view on the matter. It doesn’t mean I am wrong right, and it doesn’t mean I used to think…

  • Chapters 13 – Appears the patient

    “A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it” Frank Herbert, Dune Appears the patient. A middle aged dude who’s here for holidays. You can tell his mind is not messy as he delivers precise pieces of information regarding what…

  • Chapter 12 – About biodynamic osteopathy

    You are sitting at a cafe in Saigon. You spend your time projecting your attention on objects that are “outside” of you, such as the infinite flow of motorbikes passing by the street. As if the “outer world” starts on the outer surface of your eyes. You are constantly pretending to be in charge of…

  • Chapter 11 – A kid is just a kid

    As you might know, I am currently working in Saigon, Vietnam, as an osteopath. By the way, every time I say that to a European person, they ask me if I am coming to Vietnam to learn a new technique. Because you know, the Orient, its philosophy, etc is very well marketed in the Western…

  • Chapter 10 – Wax on, wax off

    Imagine you have to clean your apartment. I’ll tell you what, since I started this article with the word “Imagine”, then let’s imagine you live in a freaking big mansion. Okay, now I can hear people are starting to think that if they live in a mansion, they probably have enough money to pay for…

  • Chapter 9 – Observation, baby!

    You can’t get enough of Sam Cooke’s live performance of a medley of songs (Try A Little Tenderness / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons / You Send Me), and you certainly can’t get enough of his perfectly mastered laughter. While talking with the public, he jokes about “observation, baby!”, and I thought that could…

  • Chapter 8 – Osteopath in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    Hi all, I’ll be working as an osteopath in Ho Chi Minh for 1 month, from the end of November until the 16th of December 2023 or so. If you need an appointment, you can contact the CMI in Saigon. Here are a few things you should know about me. Osteopath in Ho Chi Minh…

  • Chapter 7 – Feel wide

    I see the walls, the bed, my computer, my hands, the sides of my nose. I can try to focus on my eyes as if I want to see them. If I do so, I only see an infinitesimal portion of what I can see. I can focus on a part, such as the wall,…

  • Chapter 6 – Is osteopathy out of place?

    Chapter 6 – Is osteopathy out of place?

    Early day osteopathy If you read the books written by the very first osteopath, A.T. Still, you might notice something odd. And I mean that the surprise starts from the table of contents. Let me give you an example from Research and Practice: REGION OF THE THROAT AND NECK.Diseases of the Throat and Neck,Laryngeal Diseases,Diseases…

  • Chapter 5 – You just can’t see it

    Chapter 5 – You just can’t see it

    Are you a cranial osteopath or a structural osteopath? Now that’s an interesting question. I mean at least if you are an osteopath, otherwise you probably don’t give an F about it and to be honest, unless you are my mom and want to be nice to me, I really don’t know what you are…

  • Chapter 4 – The patient isn’t a matchstick-making machine

    Yeah, I know. You guys must really think I’ve completely lost my mind because I am now saying the exact opposite of what I wrote in the previous article. The worst part is when you start to wonder if all that isn’t actually done on purpose, just to annoy you (spoiler alert: it is totally…